The consequences of climate change have struck close to home in recent years with extreme weather and flooding events in the UK, notably in 2013/14 and 2015/16, which caused billions of pounds worth of damage to properties, and devastation and disruption to the lives of thousands of people as a result.
Property resilience measures have been identified as a key solution to reducing the costs of repair and recovery time of affected properties, which in turn would hope to minimise the misery and interruption experienced by both families and businesses. The Property Flood Resilience Roundtable, and resultant action plan, is aimed at bringing key business interests together to encourage and enable wider uptake of property level flood resilience within the UK.
Following major flooding in December 2015, Dr Peter Bonfield, then CEO of BRE was asked to chair a roundtable of private and public sector members on property level flood resilience. In September 2016 the Property Resilience Action Plan was published by the UK Government.